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6 Animals With More Social Media Fans, Friends and Followers Than Any of Us

6 Animals With More Social Media Fans, Friends and Followers Than Any of Us

Who says you have to be human to be a popular user on Facebook and Twitter? These six animals have more friends, fans, and followers than most people.

And that could be a good thing for the animal world as a whole, since getting us to connect with animals on a social level may give conservation efforts a boost.

1. Olive the Oiled Otter: 1,559 Likes 

Olive the Oiled Otter may be only three years old, but she’s already gone through a lifetime of drama: When she was rescued from Sunset State Beach in Monterey Bay, California in 2009, the endangered, year-old otter was covered in oil (which her Info page attributes to a “natural seep” off the coast).

Biologists cleaned her off — efforts included an olive oil rubdown and a two-hour bath — and she was released back into the ocean. But — even from the ocean — she still updates her profile with information on her new location, otter conservation efforts and how the rest of her species is dealing with climate change.

2. Penelope Seal: 4,181 Friends

The profile page for Penelope Seal, a Northern California elephant seal, was set up by Nicole Teutschel, a graduate student at the University of California, Santa Cruz who hoped that bringing the seal into social networking would improve outreach and awareness.

And she may have been right: Penelope now has more than 4,000 friends with whom she shares links about the tagging program’s success, marine research efforts and her own daily activities.

3. Bronx Zoo Cobra: 242,280 Followers 

This snake is a verifiable social media superstar: After a female cobra escaped from the Bronx Zoo in March, a Twitter feed named @BronxZooCobra making good use of the tag #snakeonthetown took Twitter by storm, picking up more than 200,000 followers in a matter of days (and earning it a Best of Green Award).

While Zoo officials promised that the real cobra was hiding out in the reptile house, Twitter told a different story: The snake was visiting New York landmarks, trading jokes with celebrities, and staying just out of reach of its closest human associate, @BronxZooKeeper.

After the snake was found and returned to its enclosure, the feed slowed — but details of life with the other animals (and plans for another escape) helped the cobra hold onto its massive following.

4. Knut: 24,344 Fans 

The untimely death of Knut, the most famous polar bear in the world, hasn’t slowed the traffic on his Facebook page.

The 24,344 users from around the world who are fans of his public figure page still leave him (and the deceased trainer who raised him) daily messages marking holidays, updating Knut on his bear relatives’ activities, and reminding the bear that he’s missed with comments like, “Our sweet boy, Knut: May you be sung to sleep by a choir of angels with Thomas by your side. Goodnight, sweetheart!”

While no one updates the page from the administrative end, it does contain dozens of photos of the bear at his cutest.

5. Dino: 25,107 Likes  

Dino the Bear (or L’Orso Dino as he’s known on the site) became an Italian Facebook sensation when he wandered back into the Alps from Slovenia: Though he was welcomed by animal activists who support the reintroduction of wild bears, farmers whose livestock ended up on Dino’s menu weren’t as thrilled.

Social media users campaigned to keep Dino safe, and were successful until this spring when the bear’s “unusual behavior” gave officials reason to believe he had rabies.

Dino was shot and killed in March, and an autopsy showed that he did not have rabies. Now, his Facebook page is filled with comments, videos, and messages of support (most of which are in Italian).

6. Polka Spot Llama: 2,307 Followers

Brent and Josh may get top billing on Planet Green’s “The Fabulous Beekman Boys,” but they’re on the verge of being upstaged by one of their four-legged costars: Polka Spot Llama.

Polka Spot and her mother were adopted by the Boys when a nearby farm had to rehome them, and the llama now fills her Twitter with commentary on current events (“llama shoulld’ve married Willlliam. Princess Polka Spot”), fashion tips (“Llama prefers Llouboutins to muck boots!”), and her favorite tunes (“llama is llip syncing to @rihanna S&M ‘i llike it i llike it c’mon’”).

And no, those double Ls aren’t typos — how else would a llama spell “lip?”

This post first appeared at Treehugger.com


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Photo credit: dr_Xeno/Creative Commons
by Blythe Copeland on Treehugger.com

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4:04AM PDT on Mar 21, 2012

i love rescue stories and the heroes that save them too bad they died, very sad

9:32AM PDT on Mar 20, 2012

What is so sad about the famous animals is that some of them are DEAD because mankind's interference. They killed the Dino the Bear because they thought it had rabies, which it didn't, Knut is dead because the Zoo had wanted to get rid of it and just coincidentally, it died. what good luck for the zoo, I guess. The bunny died because of carelessness of people involved, Thank God they haven't killed the Otter the seal and the snake YET. But give them time, I'm sure they will find a way to kill all the animals, oh yes...by accident...of course! If mankind is involved. something will DIE!

7:15PM PDT on Oct 13, 2011

I think there are more animals on Youtube and with their own websites even more popular than these guys, but either way, its great for people to love and adore all creatures.

5:59AM PDT on Oct 13, 2011

Boo the Pomeranian has a lot more than any of these...what a great way to learn about animals as opposed to confining them in zoos.

10:14PM PDT on Sep 18, 2011

Now that IS funny ... and cute!

1:53PM PDT on May 26, 2011

you forgot about Tony the Tiger with 5,363 Twitter followers!

7:37PM PDT on May 25, 2011

It is great to read about people caring so much about animals. Thanks.

2:18PM PDT on May 23, 2011

luv 'em. i already have liked the cobra and knut. time for the others. :)

7:49PM PDT on May 22, 2011

thanks.

10:55AM PDT on May 22, 2011

Love animal stories and animals are better than a lot of humans anyday! Present company excepted.

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